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Aguilar de Campoo, a meeting point for experts on innovation in the field of heritage

Innovation in the field of heritage is the focus of the training school which was held from 27th until 29th January in Aguilar de Campoo, Palencia, sponsored by the European association COST (European Cooperation for Science and Technology).

26 students and researchers from Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia and Italy will try to forge new lines of study and work.

The training sessions took place at the headquarters of the Foundation Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico.

During these three days the English was the second language in the headquarters of the Foundation Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico. 13 students and doctoral students from Spain and 13 from other European countries accessed to a scholarship granted by the European association “COST” (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), to participate in a training school on innovation in the field of heritage.

The conferences will forge the participants to learn new techniques, methods and advances in heritage management, while working to generate research areas and create networks for specialized contacts.

A bet on the intelligent management of heritage

During the first working day, the participants were able to get close to the Foundation experience in the field of heritage management by the hand of its director, Juan Carlos Prieto, who explained to them that the entity works for “More than thirty years on the study, restoration, conservation and dissemination of heritage”.

A period of time when, with the support of other entities and administrations, evolved from “restoration to preventive restoration and intelligent heritage management, thanks to projects like the Monitoring Heritage System (MHS)”, installed with success in about fifty buildings.

Not only have they get to know the methodology of the MHS system, but also how it has been developed. Marian Chiriac, the Foundation’s engineer, has been commissioned to explain MHS operation, its various applications and types of sensors used to monitor and control heritage buildings.

On the second day they had the opportunity to see in situ how the system works in the MHSLab, an intelligent lab created by the Foundation in the Romanesque chapel of Canduela to test the effectiveness of different types of techniques and materials used in the field of heritage and monitor further progress in its overall management.

They also had the opportunity to get to know the experience of the Romanesque Encyclopedia of the Iberian peninsula, understood as a true cultural project in which worked more than a thousand researchers. An idea that served to catalogue much of the Romanesque remains in the peninsula and that can be found in major international bookstores and libraries.

Peter Martín, researcher at Cartif Technology Center, spoke of his work on 3D documentation of historic buildings. Croatian Marija Damjanović has focused her presentation on the transformation of historic landscapes and Laura Daví, from the University of Barcelona, ​​fixed her focus on the monastery of San Cugat del Vallés.

This day was completed with a visit to the Exhibition Centre ROM and with the intervention of Israeli architect Anna Lobovikov-Katz, who has developed a new method to improve the knowledge and heritage conservation through technical methods of drawing.

During these three days, topics such as the methods developed by technicians from the University of Belgrade to counteract the effects of earthquakes on heritage or biological problems affecting conservation of heritage buildings were addressed. In addition, researchers will approach specific cases as the management of Monsalud monastery and the Roman site of Ercávica in Cuenca.

COST Association

Currently composed of 36 countries, the COST Association has created a multidisciplinary team of researchers, experts, companies and public administrations of 23 countries linked to various aspects of heritage management to implement actions to better intelligent management of heritage

The Foundation Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico, a cultural project from Castilla y León is a private non-profit organization whose primary mission is to promote sustainable development initiatives, based on the study, research, restoration, conservation and promotion of natural, social and cultural heritage.


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Carmen Molinos 
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